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Talented Performers Advance to the Next Round of Bill Riley Talent Search
Five talented Sprout division acts (ages 2-12) and six Senior division acts (ages 13-21) have advanced to the semi-final round in Bill Riley's 63rd annual Iowa State Fair Talent Search. Each act will perform again on Thursday, August 17, Friday, August 18 or Saturday, August 19.
The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the sprouts acts are:
Emily Weiss, 11, and Mae Whipple, 12, Burlington, Tap Duet
Aria Telander, 18, Grimes, Lyrical Dance Solo
Vivian Speck, 9, Dayton, Vocal Solo
Mara Henn, 11, West Des Moines, Ballet Solo
Madden Oliver, 11, Milo, Vocal Solo with Sign Language
The names, ages, hometowns and routines of the senior acts are:
Lucy Gannon, 17, West Des Moines, Piano Solo
Makayla Beisel, 16, Clarion, Contemporary Dance Solo
Hannah Thomas, 18, Little Sioux, Vocal and Guitar Solo
Michael Widjaja, 19, Sergeant Bluff, Cornet Solo
Alyssa Speck, 18, Dayton, and Leo Loeffler, 15, Gowrie, Musical Theater Vocal Duet
Kaelyn Townsley, 15, Winfield, Tap Dance Solo
The Bill Riley Talent Search has put Iowa's young talent on stages across the state each summer since 1960. Nearly 100 local qualifying competitions are held across the state and winners advance to the State Fair competition, where there are seven days of preliminary competition for Sprouts (ages 2-12) and Seniors (ages 13-21), followed by the semi-finals and, ultimately, the selection of one Senior Champion. The Sprouts do not compete beyond the semi-finals, but perform in the Championship Show as Sprout Champions set for Sunday, August 20 at 1:30 p.m. on the Anne and Bill Riley Stage sponsored by Pepsi and media sponsor iHeart Radio.
More than $20,000 will be awarded to the Senior and Sprout divisions combined.